A Simple Tweak to a Healthier Year? Mix Matcha into Your Cupcakes!
If you aren't ready to say goodbye to sweets completely, make small adjustments like incorporating good-for-you ingredients into them, or cut down on the amount of sugar and use fruit or honey to sweeten your desserts instead.
Here's an easy recipe to start with: mix a little matcha into your cupcakes and cupcake frosting for a boost in flavor and antioxidants. Matcha powder is known for its high content of nutrients that boost your metabolism and overall immune system. This cupcake recipe is a sweet way to sneak in those much-needed nutrients!
Matcha Green Tea Cupcakes Recipe
Makes 12 cupcakes
1 cup cake flour
2 tablespoons unsweetened matcha
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
4 tablespoons butter, lightly softened
3/4 cup sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon almond extract
1/2 cup milk, room temperature
2 cups confectioner's sugar
1 tablespoon unsweetened matcha, or to taste
1 227-gram pack cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup butter, softened
Preheat oven to 350F. Line a regular 12-cup muffin tin with cupcake liners.
Make the cupcake: Sift together flour, matcha powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl.
Cream together butter and sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment over medium-high speed for 3 to 5 minutes or until light and fluffy.
Add egg and vanilla or almond extract and mix until well combined. Scrape the sides of the bowl. Add dry ingredients over low speed. Add milk and mix just until combined.
Divide batter evenly among prepared cups. Bake in the oven for 16 to 18 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with moist crumbs adhering to it. Let cool in the pan for 5 minutes then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
Make the frosting: Sift together confectioners' sugar and matcha powder in a medium bowl and mix well; set aside. Cream together cream cheese and butter in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment over medium speed. Add dry ingredients and mix until well combined. Transfer frosting to a piping bag fitted with your preferred decorating tip.
Pipe frosting on the cooled cupcakes. Serve or refrigerate in a covered container for up to 5 days.